August 17, 1994
Brand New Heavies, very old grooves. Although the English band flirted with the cutting edge a couple of years ago on its second album, a round-robin collaboration with a host of rappers, the Brand New Heavies are partisans of natural, organic R&B. At the House of Blues on Monday they took the stage in classic deployment, the core group's bass and drums supported by keyboards and a live horn section. They went on to demonstrate that while purity is fine, it's not enough.
February 28, 1997
Pavement's music describes a life that alternately flows and lurches, sometimes tentatively feeling its way into a situation, sometimes soaring with pure exhilaration. Fronted by Stephen Malkmus' warm drawl and driven by restless rock-guitar arrangements, the music captures a cascade of impressions and images with a natural charm and an uncommon emotional richness.
March 18, 2007 |
Tuesday C-Murder "Screamin' 4 Vengeance" (Priority/Capitol) The New Orleans rapper, under house arrest while awaiting retrial for, yes, murder, addresses his situation with the help of guest artists such as Snoop Dogg and Chamillionaire. Joss Stone "Introducing Joss Stone" (Virgin) Her image gets flashier and more seductive, but she's still the little gal with the big, soulful voice and classic Atlantic Records grooves.
April 26, 2007 |
"A desert," South African author Nadine Gordimer wrote, "is a place without expectation." She clearly wasn't a Rage Against the Machine fan. The band comes to the furnace heat of Indio this weekend with three days of rock and dance music and a show-closing reunion that has brought giddy fans from around the world: Rage is back and playing its first gig since 2000. Guitarist Tom Morello just smiled this week when asked how the band sounds in rehearsals. "Ferocious."
November 16, 1997
In your Holiday Sneaks issue (Nov. 9), Richard Cromelin mistakenly identified John Quincy Adams (a character in the film "Amistad") as a "founding father." He was not. His father, John Adams, was. SCOTT ROSS Raleigh, N.C.